Jan 17, 2014

YA Meets Kdrama: Tithe

YA Meets Kdrama is a weekly blog feature where 4 other writers/bloggers/readers and myself cast young adult novels as Korean dramas. Because we are obsessed. And awesome.

Here are some recent posts:

Katie M Stout casts Shiver

Christina at A Reader of Fictions casts Being Sloane Jacobs

I'm incredibly excited to be casting one of my favorite YAs this time around: Tithe by Holly Black.

Tithe was one of the first "modern" YAs I read, and definitely my first dark tale of faeries. I became obsessed with the relationship between Roiben and Kaye, and I remember DEVOURING the sequel (Ironside) when it came out. Even now, I read these books about once a year or so.

Tithe as a Kdrama:

Synposis: Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Starring:

Yoon Jin Yi as Kaye Fierch

Because of her upbringing, Kaye is tough, independent, smart, and wary of the world around her. But she also has an innocence about her and a deep desire to love and be loved. After watching Yoon Jin Yi be vulnerable in A Gentleman's Dignity, and tough and sassy in Answer Me 1994, I know she'd make a perfect Kaye. Plus this girl needs her own show already - she's awesome.

Lee Phillip as Roiben

I've only seen Lee Phillip in Secret Garden, but whoa-man would he make a perfect Roiben. He's definitely the warrior type, and no one can look at those cheekbones and tell me that this guy doesn't look like a hot avenging faerie knight.

Baro as Corny

My newest kdrama obsession is Answer Me 1994, which also happens to be Kpop star Baro's first experience as an actor. But he's great in it, and plays the sensitive, struggling-with-his-identity Binggeure very well. Corny is also a character adrift and I can definitely see Baro giving him a specific forelorn spin.

Kim Woo Bin as Nephamael

This is not my first Woo Bin casting nor will it be my last because I LOVE HIM WITH THE POWER OF A THOUSAND SUNS. Also, Nephamael is one of those asshole guys you love to hate and if that doesn't describe Woo Bin's character in Heirs then nothing will. Woo Bin has this great ability to look amusingly pissed all the time. I think it's in the eyebrows.

Song Hye Kyo as Nicnevin

I ADORE the thought of casting Korea's-sweetheart as the evil, sadistic, basically insane Unseelie Queen. Song Hye Kyo is great at being vulnerable and sweet (see: That Winter, the Wind Blows), but I can totally see her rising to the challenge of playing evil. And Lord knows she's beautiful enough to play a faerie queen. 

Casting this book is seriously so much fun and I think it would make a perfect Kdrama. Because while I've seen Kdramas about ghosts, witches, time travelers, gumihos, crimelords, and body-swappers, I have yet to see one about faeries. Time to get on it, Korea. 

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